More and more areas of American life have been withdrawn from voters’ democratic control and delivered up to the bureaucratic and judicial emergency mechanisms of civil rights law. Civil rights law has become a second constitution, with powers that can be used to override the Constitution of 1787.
Ancient authors from Plato to Tacitus have suggested that affluence combined with leisure creates a laxity that leads to the kind of societal and institutional disintegration we are currently seeing. Another major ingredient is the failure of our education system to offer disinterested instruction, following from the post-1960s takeover by the Left of our colleges and universities.
Historically, constitutional government has been found only in the nation-state, where the people share a common good and are dedicated to the same principles and purposes.
Immigration is more than just another issue. It touches upon fundamental questions of citizenship, community, and identity. For too long, a bipartisan, cosmopolitan elite has dismissed the people’s legitimate concerns about these things and put its own interests above the national interest.
It is not beyond reason that a sovereign nation would be allowed to inquire whether the religious beliefs of an asylum seeker are compatible with the American constitutional order.
The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands.
Lax immigration enforcement enables enemy foreign agents to exploit a system that was intended to welcome those who want to make better lives on our terms.
Citizenship does not exist by nature; it is created by law, and the identification of citizens has always been considered an aspect of sovereignty.
What we see going on with Mexican immigration today is a tragedy, and it is not simply a result of the federal government abdicating its responsibility.
The voice of New Americans who reject political correctness and the cult of multiculturalism has been sorely missing from the debate on immigration policy.